CARBON HILL — As part of a church outreach project, a community outdoor cleanup of the Blue Gym in Carbon Hill is being planned for Saturday morning, although the city has decided to open up the gym in case some want to …
CARBON HILL — As part of a church outreach project, a community outdoor cleanup of the Blue Gym in Carbon Hill is being planned for Saturday morning, although the city has decided to open up the gym in case some want to work inside as well.
District 1 Councilman McClain Burrough told the Carbon Hill City Council on June 26 Desperation Church in Jasper approached city officials to do cleanup work in Carbon Hill as a service project, and will be working on the area around the Blue Gym. The area, which is also next to the city’s splash pad, is currently overgrown.
A total of 15 people were signed up on the church’s website by Thursday afternoon. City residents are also encouraged to participate.
“We are excited to be involved in the upcoming serve day along with Desperation Church,” the city said on its Facebook page. “We are going to focus on cleaning in and around the gym for this service project. Hope to see you come out and support.”
“We love Walker County! We love serving Walker County,” Adam Hicks, Desperation Church’s Jasper Campus pastor, said Thursday in an email. “Serving is who we are. It's who Jesus is! We believe you are really living only when you are giving your life away to serve others. #ServeDay17 is annual serve day where hundreds of (Association of Related Churches, or ARC) churches from all over the world serve their communities!”
City officials felt it was a good time for another community improvement event, as a recent citywide cleanup in the city was successful.
“I thought it would be another good opportunity to do another clean up day,” Burrough said at the June 26 meeting, adding that after a conversation with Mayor Mark Chambers, it was decided church and local volunteers would work around the Blue Gym from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 15.
“With enough manpower, I think we can get a lot done,” Burrough said.
On Thursday, Burrough urged people to sign up on the church website, although he said no one will be turned away if they show up that day. He urged them to bring yard or cleaning equipment or products.
“Small trees, grass, weeds, vines, etc. have grown up around the gym,” the church said on its website. “We'd love to clean it up and get it ready for the community to enjoy. Grab your yard tools and meet us there. The gym is located on 9th Ave NW Carbon Hill, AL 35549.”
The church and the city asked to be informed if volunteers can bring lawn care equipment, such as weed eaters, mowers, chainsaws, gloves, hedge clippers, rakes, shovels and typical yard tools.
Originally, the idea had been to just clean outside around the gym, Burrough said. However, he said city officials have decided to open the facility, which is the old Carbon Hill High School, as some people might not want to be outside. In that case, they can assist in sweeping or cleaning the inside of the gym.
In case of rain, Burrough said volunteers can concentrate on cleaning the inside of the gym, which has been the focus of renovations recently, particularly with air conditioning needs. Youth are being seen in the gym on a regular basis.
Officials are hoping the gym can become the centerpiece of a city park area which includes the neighboring splash pad, which has been reopened, and some ball parks that the city wants to construct on adjoining land.
The city is looking at grants to help fund the ball parks.
For more information on how you can serve or to sign up to serve, go to desperation church.tv/outreach. Burrough said one may also call City Hall at 205-924-9961 or see the city’s Facebook page for more information.